IDA's Doc U: A Conversation With Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato

Since 1990, Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (the creative duo behind World Of Wonder) have been bringing their unique take on the world to screens both big and small. From award-winning, in-depth character studies (The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Party Monster) to social issue docs (The Strange History of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell; The Last Beekeeper) and glitzy and splashy reality franchises (RuPaul’s Drag Race, Million Dollar Homes), their productions defy traditional labels and assert that compelling story and characters are what create good programs, across genres, niches, and expectations. In an industry where yesterday’s doc becomes tomorrow’s reality show, and Logo (American cable television’s “gay channel”) has to become less gay in order to survive, the duo has not only produced some of the most most-watched, cutting-edge programming of the past two decades, but have also created one of the media world’s most successful independent production companies and distinctive brands. Join producer Eddie Schmidt (Beauty is Embarrassing, Troubadours) for a discussion with Fenton and Randy on the challenges of running a transatlantic production company, crossing genre boundaries, and managing the famous and infamous, while also hosting a cutting edge culture blog with over 200,000 hits per month.